OSLT is an acronym which stands for Or Something Like That. It apparently was invented by Woozle when writing letters in the 1990s or possibly earlier, though the first known documentation of it is email dialogue with Harena in 2001. As of 2007, the word "ocelot" (similar to how the letters "OSLT" would sound if pronounced as a word) was being used as a synonym in chat and thence was rapidly taken up in IRL speech.
- My usage long predates the one cited in Urban Dictionary, but a thorough search of archived newsgroups from the 1980s may yet reveal earlier usage.
- Email, Woozle to Harena, 2001-02-23 23:00 "Spouting"
- This was originally noted here in an update on April 10, 2007: "This has now morphed into saying "ocelot" instead of "OSLT". This variant was apparently coined by Tenebram (in #sluggysquad, 2006-01-11 16:50:08 EST), subsequently
overused a lot by Dhraakellian, and seems to have taken on a life of its own..."